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Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair
More Than A Number
My heritage fair project exposes a dark piece of Canadian History, however it allows us to learn from the past and reconcile our wrongs to build a better Canada. My projects explores the history of residential schools in Canada and the impact it had on the Aboriginal community.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
Although born in Canada, I am very proud of my South American family heritage. I was surprised that a minority group could have been treated as inferior citizens.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I have learned that all persons, of every culture, should be treated with love, dignity, and respect. Differences should be overlooked, and when mistakes are made, reconciliation is key to moving forward. Every person is truly more than a number!
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Canada is celebrated as a multicultural nation. Today we embrace our differences and celebrate our diversity. This was not the case for the Aboriginal children of the past who were separated from their families and stripped of their culture. Thankfully Canadians have learned from their mistake.